Do You Understand Your Emotions About Money?
When it comes to making financial decisions, whether that’s buying a new TV or investing an inheritance, most of us know the wise thing to do. We know not to spend more than we have, to stay disciplined when the markets go haywire, and to set aside funds for a rainy day. But just because our brains know the right thing to do, our emotions often make the decisions for us. If you’ve ever had buyer’s remorse after making a big purchase or avoided making a budget, you know firsthand how much of a role emotions play in our financial lives. Psychologists refer to these emotions and beliefs we hold about money as “money scripts.”1